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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • That was the total on the check. I gave them that much and they gave me the car. That included all taxes, tags, and registrations.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool, in that case I think you did just fine. Congrats again.

    -juice
  • km24km24 Posts: 36
    Hi

    What is a good price on a 2005 Forester XT Automatic Transmission? How good is the auto dimming mirror? Also for how long to you think subaru will continue to discount the 2005 forester into the new year?

    Thanks
    Khyle
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Check out the Edmunds TMV, ask them to beat that price.

    They'll discount 2005s as long as they have them. The bigger issue is, inventory will dwindle as they sell them off, I think many dealers are already out of 2005s.

    So, how flexible are you about color? How risk-averse are you? If you can find a 2005 that you like, hurry and buy it, or you might miss the chance.

    -juice
  • I just checked the TMV vale of my car.
    Customer Cash Adjusted True Market Value $26,567

    What I paid $26523
    Differance of $34 bucks.

    Does that TVM take into account Taxes and Tags? If not then I saved like $1200 :)

    I am not that lucky ever...
  • Looking for pricing on a Forrester 2.5X 5-Speed. So far I've seen about 19,500 depending on a few options.
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    $19,500 would be extremely fair.
  • gmariegmarie Posts: 6
    Yes! I've gotten a chance to drive in lots of nasty weather already and I'm SO impressed. I have a tough commute from the seacoast up to northwood and between the bridges and rt.4 (and the logging trucks!) it can be pretty hairy. I still drive like I'm in my Jetta so I haven't gotten too arrogant (and hope I don't at all) in the snow yet.

    i do feel like the wipers get icy real quick. even with the handy wiperheater it seems like the blades are a bit thin. i may upgrade. I was travelling back from boston on newyear's eve and went through low-visibility snowcovered I-95 easily but for the wiper situation.

    -G in NH
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Not sure, did it ask for your zip code when you calculated the TMV? If so they'd know the state tax rate.

    -juice
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    should I buy one now or wait and see what Subaru will offer next?
  • I have an offer of $21,700 (bottom line, walk-out-the-door) for a Forester X auto with premium package. This appears to be a good deal. Any comments/opinions? Thanks.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That almost sounds too cheap. Ask what fees they will tack on to that price. Or freight?

    If you really get that price, let us know where you bought it!

    -juice
  • I have the offer in writing from a local dealer. Based on my research, $21.7K is a great price for this car but there are a lot of experienced Subaru owners on this forum so I want to ensure I'm not missing something.

    I asked them for their bottom line, walk-out-the-door price and they responded with $21.7K "delivered" including the title/doc fee. I'm from NH so there is no sales tax.

    I'm waiting to hear back from another dealer but I don't think anyone will be able to beat what I already have. Once I finalize the deal, I'll let everyone know where I bought it.

    Thanks for the feedback.
  • km24km24 Posts: 36
    Hi
    I called subaru today and they said that they would continue to discount the 2005 model year until May when the new 2007 line comes out but it may also end sooner if they run out of inventory.

    Khyle
  • Juice - I bought the Forester from Manchester (NH) Subaru for $21.7K. They didn't have the color I wanted (steel gray) so they immediately made arrangements to have one delivered. Overall, it was a decent buying experience and I would recommend the dealership.

    I've been driving an Accord during the past six years so the Forester is definitely a change for me.

    I have a few other questions/comments which I'll post in more appropriate forums.
  • Yes, agree on the wipers. Driving in sleet up Rt. 16 was tricky the other day. I was able to continue driving with a bit of ice on the wipers but saw others pulling over to scrape.

    We are most fortunate in this area. Many dealers to choose from keeps competition at a premium....dealers in New England seem to work with you on price more than elsewhere!

    Love my Subies!
  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    I haven't been able to find any 2005 XT's left in my neck of the woods. I'm interested in finding out what all of you have been paying for the 2006 XT Limited (before tax and license). It already comes with leather and the sunroof and upgraded sound, so that only additions are special goodies like dimming rear view mirror, cargo trays and nets, etc., that I'm not interested in paying $$$ for. I've done some cross-country shopping and have found them for around $25,500. Thinking that the prices should come down when the RAV4/V6's come out because that will be some competition for them. What do you all think?

    Samantha
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Samantha- I don't see the new RAV4 significantly impacting Forester sales. $25,5k is a good price for a 2006 XT Limited. I don't think you'll see Forester prices drop much until summer when the manufacturer rebates usually kick in.

    -Frank
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Most people are reporting RAV4s at MSRP, with a few exceptions (fitzmall.com is one). The V6 will be in high demand at first, too.

    The Forester XT already carries a price advantage, so I'm not sure if there will be much impact.

    -juice
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    I've been quoted 25,400 on an '06 LL Bean. It includes splash guards, homelink, tray, net and tail piece. Price does not include tax and rebate. How does this quote stack up?

    TIA
  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    I can practically get an XT for that LL Bean price - I think it's around $1,000-$1,500 too high. You can get the X with the Premium pkg (but no leather) for around $21,000, so is it really worth paying an additional $4000 just for a slightly altered suspension and leather seats? Oh, and a little wood on the steering wheel? I'd do some internet shopping if I were in your shoes - and call some of the dealerships in outlying areas. They're usually primed to make better deals than the ones in metropolitan areas.

    Samantha
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    I think there's more to the LL Bean than leather.

    To me the difference between the XT and the Bean is basically the turbo. Add on auto transmission and the xtras I got and your XT runs $1000 more. (I'm assuming you were quoted a manual transmission). Your deal is about $800 below invoice which is very good. Mine is quoted around $200 below. Are people really getting Beans for $1000 to $1500 less?

    BTW, my wife does not want or need the turbo. We are looking for a safe economical car that runs on regular gas.

    Thanks for your input; I do appreciate it.
  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    I think the price you were quoting was *before* the rebate - my mistake. When I mentioned the extra price "just for the leather", I wasn't talking about the XT - I was talking about the regular, non-turbo "X" with the premium package (which includes the sunroof and 6 cd changer, but not the leather).

    I'm getting an XT Limited which comes with leather, the huge moonroof and the turbo - all as standard equipment - and I've been quoted anywhere from $25,100 to $25,800 for it. Those prices are after the $1000 rebate has been taken off. and don't include tax & license. Look at the base prices for the L.L. Bean vs. the XT Limited and prorate from there to see if your deal is good. These prices are for the Forester, not the Outback.

    Good luck,

    Samantha
  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    Forgot to mention, I'm been pricing the auto trans, not the manual. And, I'm in California. I hear that you may get better deals in Colorado where there is more competition - I got some good quotes from Arizona. There may be better deals in the close surrounding states to shop and then have your local dealer meet.

    BTW, I didn't want or need a turbo either, but once I drove it, I had to have it. LOL!!! I was told by my mechanic that if I don't engage the turbo, I should get the same gas mileage as with the non-turbo. That should work for me as I only drive around 3000 miles a year and it's mainly less than 5 miles from home. I will only use the turbo for passing on the freeway or those rare times when i'm driving uphill. I plan to use mid-range gas, 89 octane. No one has done this so I don't know if it will work, but the way I see it, I won't need the high octane stuff for everyday driving, only when I go on a long trip.

    If I didn't need an SUV to schlep around my dogs and for home repair supplies, I would probably get one of those Toyota hybrid sedans just for the gas mileage. Or, that Highlander V6 hybrid, if it wasn't so expensive. It, however, drives like a tank, not like the zippy little Forester. I also liked the RAV4, but hated the way the dash was laid out. It also drove very well. I'm basically just getting the Forester because it has the available Turbo for when I might need it and because I like the way the interior is laid out. I hate the exterior - looks like a miniature version of one of those old SUVs from the 1960's. Very boxy and uninspired.

    After I took off the $1000 from your price for the LL Bean, it looks pretty good. But, I'll bet they're gonna do better deals with more rebates, so if you can wait ......

    Best of luck to you.

    Samantha
  • I bought a Forester 2.5X premimum pkg 5-spd for 21,757.
    I got a quote for the 2.5 5-spd w/o pp for 18,999 at Becker Subaru (outside Allentown, PA). But I bought at Sharret in Hagerstown MD, they matched Becker's for the PP but not the price on the base model. I've never owned a Subaru before, I hope they are as good as Consumer Reports claim they are.
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    Samantha,

    For the small difference in price of gas, I would go with the proper octane. Why play around, if the consequences could cost you more in the long run. Turbos need a little more TLC, so take good care of yours when you get one. I had an Audi 2.7 turbo and made sure to keep the oil clean and I always used high octane gas. The turbos in an Audi are always spinning and you want them to stay cool. I don't know the insides of the boxer engine so I will defer to others on that.

    It sounds like your Subaru is taking you on a cross country quest:)

    Jeff
  • dstew1dstew1 Posts: 275
    Samantha, I agree with Jeff here; the minimal benefit of saving .10/gal on gas for the life of your car does not outweigh the potential damage it could do to your vehicle.

    If my calculations are correct, assuming a paltry average of 20mpg for 20,000 miles/year, giving you a 10 year lifetime up to 200,000 miles, you'd only save $1000, or $100/year. If you average a more realistic 23mpg you will save $870 over a 10yr/200k mile life. Is it worth it?

    Doug
  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    Thanks Jeff & Doug, for the fuel advice. You're right, it does seem like I won't be saving that much on gas. I guess it'll depend on the difference between the cost of 89 vs 91 octane. I don't know that much about how cars run - now I wish I had taken auto shop in school instead of home ec! I am unaware of the danger of using 2 less octane gas when I am not using the performance aspect of the vehicle. I only drive about 3000 miles a year, so I'm not saving all that much, but I'm just very frugal. If it will cause engine problems in the long run, it's not worth it.

    I'm still trying to figure out how the car will run in the rain with the water getting sucked into the turbo! LOL

    Samantha
  • dstew1dstew1 Posts: 275
    Generally 91 octane is 10 cents more per gallon than 89 octane. If you're only driving 3000 miles per year, averaging 23mpg, you're looking at $13/year in savings. You describe yourself as frugal, but risking your new car's engine at the gain of less than $15 a year seems beyond frugal to the point of illogical, if you ask me. Especially considering you could save thousands on the front end by purchasing a non-turbo forester and surviving on simple 86 octane.

    Good luck in your purchse, whatever you decide. :)

    Doug
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    You won't save anything on 89 vs. 91 octane due to less efficient firing.
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